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ALLOCATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does allocation mean? 

ALLOCATION (noun)
  The noun ALLOCATION has 3 senses:

1. a share set aside for a specific purpose
2. the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan
3. (computer science) the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions

  Familiarity information: ALLOCATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ALLOCATION (noun)


Sense 1allocation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A share set aside for a specific purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

allocation; allotment

Hypernyms ("allocation" is a kind of...):

part; percentage; portion; share (assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "allocation"):

reallocation (a share that has been allocated again)

quota (a proportional share assigned to each participant)


Sense 2allocation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

parcelling; parceling; apportionment; apportioning; assignation; allotment; allocation

Context example:

the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state

Hypernyms ("allocation" is a kind of...):

distribution (the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "allocation"):

grant; subsidisation; subsidization (the act of providing a subsidy)

reallocation; reallotment; reapportionment (a new apportionment (especially a new apportionment of congressional seats in the United States on the basis of census results))

deal (the act of apportioning or distributing something)

rationing (the act of rationing)

parcel; portion; share (the allotment of some amount by dividing something)


Sense 3allocation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(computer science) the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

storage allocation; allocation

Hypernyms ("allocation" is a kind of...):

assigning; assignment (the act of distributing something to designated places or persons)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)


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